Safina no longer just Marat's little sis

Updated: 25 February 2007 10:34 IST

Dinara Safina beat Hana Sromova of the Czech Republic 6-0, 6-2 on Wednesday to move into the third round at the French Open for the first time.

Safina no longer just Marat's little sis

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Dinara Safina grew up overshadowed by her older brother, two-time major champion Marat Safin, but now she's finally making a name for herself. Safina beat Hana Sromova of the Czech Republic 6-0, 6-2 on Wednesday to move into the third round at the French Open for the first time. "It was always like, 'sister of Marat.' And I wanted to prove that I can also play tennis," Safina said. En route to winning the Australian Open in 2005, Safin told the media that his sister would have to get into better shape if she was going to make it on the WTA Tour. Safina said her brother didn't just pass that message along to the media. "He told me," said Safina, who won titles at the Paris Indoors and Prague tournaments in 2005. "But I also know that I had to be in much better shape to play against top players, " she added. This year, Safina lost in the final at the Italian Open to Martina Hingis before heading to Roland Garros. She also reached the semifinals at the Gold Coast tournament in Australia, and the quarterfinals at Paris, Antwerp, Indian Wells, Charleston and Berlin. Now, for the first time in her career, Safina has outlasted her brother at a Grand Slam tournament. The unseeded Safin, who won the 2000 U.S. Open, is coming off a long hiatus because of a left knee injury. On Tuesday, he lost to ninth-seeded Fernando Gonzalez of Chile 6-3, 1-6, 6-3, 6-1 in the first round and skipped a mandatory post-match press conference. (AP)

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